Are your facilities putting you at risk?
How to reduce 3 common
Managing a manufacturing facility is no easy endeavor.
And keeping your employees safe, throughput high and
security risks at bay makes it that much more challenging.
If you face these three problems in your facilities, you are
not alone – manufacturers deal with these vulnerabilities
on a day-to-day basis. So, let’s take a look at them in more
detail to discover ways to mitigate each risk and ensure
your facilities are effectively managed.
Because your employees are most likely handling heavy
machinery day-in and day-out, it’s important that their safety
is at the top of your priority list. Making this a lesser priority
could result in injured employees and possibly a lawsuit.
To get started, make sure your team is well versed on OSHA
regulations. These standards will give your team a good safety
foundation because they meet all legal requirements, but if you
really want to practice safety in your facilities, you should go
above and beyond the compliance baseline. For instance, you
should always encourage safe and proper processes, not just a
successful outcome. If Jim successfully fixed a broken machine
in a record amount of time, but skipped safety steps to do so,
he should be instructed on how to safely perform maintenance
in the future, not just rewarded for getting the job done quickly.
It’s important to remember that mistakes happen in the
workplace, and sometimes they are unavoidable. However,
learning from these mistakes to prevent accidents in the
future is very important. Take action and train your team to
ensure errors that have been made in the past will not occur
again in the future.
HOW FMX CAN HELP
In FMX, you can create step-by-step
checklists that your team needs to
complete before being able to close out
a preventive maintenance (PM) task.
For instance, if someone is working
on the boiler, you can make the
first step in the instructions to turn off
the boiler so no one gets hurt.
These checklists help ensure that all
safety precautions are being taken to
prevent injuries to you and your team.
Balancing maintenance with throughput
It can be tempting to postpone, or even avoid, PM for your
facilities because throughput will be temporarily ceased.
However, regular PM can actually increase throughput and
help provide your customers with high-quality products and
faster delivery times. Taking the time to properly inspect
your equipment and fix any issues will also save you time
and money in the long run. In fact, switching from reactive
maintenance to preventive maintenance saves organizations
an average of 12-18 percent on maintenance costs each year.
In addition, PM can create a safe working environment
for you and your team. For instance, worn and overused
machinery puts your team at risk for injuries should a piece
of equipment malfunction while an employee is using it.
Purchasing high-performing assets that meet manufacturer
specifications, along with performing preventive
maintenance, will keep your team safe and your costs low!
HOW FMX CAN HELP
FMX can help take the hard work out of
preventive maintenance by helping you
schedule tasks days, weeks, months, or
years in advance.
You can even schedule recurring
tasks so that every 6 months you
and your team get notified via
email that it’s time to inspect the
hydraulic press, for example.
When a PM task is closed out, you can
even have your team include the labor
hours and parts used. The completed
PM task will then appear in the asset’s
maintenance log. You can also see a
running total of labor and inventory
costs for each asset.
As the second most attacked industry, manufacturers are experiencing
more cyber attacks than ever before, which can be attributed to the
use of a digital supply network (DSN). While a DSN improves the
management and flow of goods and supplies, it also brings security
weaknesses because the chains, factories, customers, and operations
within the DSN are linked together. This issue is so prevalent that
according to The Global State of Information Security Survey from
2015, three quarters of manufacturing organizations reported that
they detected security incidents over the past 12 months. So how
can you reduce these threats for your own company?
To start, Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers can include
secure coding practices throughout the development life cycle,
such as security gateways and secure software codes and libraries.
This will ensure that most of your vulnerabilities are addressed as
early as possible in the process. You should also protect sensitive
data with a highly effective security approach, which oftentimes
means more than just backing up your data on a second device.
Any time you see a situation that may compromise your security,
you should report this so that the issue can be resolved immediately.
It’s important to remember that not all attacks can be avoided.
So, have a plan ready in case the day comes when you need to
take immediate action.
If you’re already addressing these 3 risks, then great job!
But if some of these are persistent problems in your
facilities, it’s probably time to look into them further.
With facilities management (FM) software, like FMX,
you can easily input and manage all of your preventive
maintenance (PM) tasks, which will help you maintain an
equal balance of maintenance and throughput. FMX will
even allow you to add security steps for these preventive
maintenance tasks to ensure employee safety while
operating on equipment. While manufacturing companies’
risks are ever–increasing, implementing the three
suggestions above will help keep them to a minimum.